Tara Javidi received her BS in electrical engineering at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. She received her MS degrees in electrical engineering (systems) and in applied mathematics (stochastic analysis) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2002.
From 2002 to 2004, Tara Javidi was an assistant professor at the Electrical Engineering Department, University of Washington, Seattle. In 2005, she joined the University of California, San Diego, where she is currently a professor of electrical and computer engineering. In 2013-2014, she spent her sabbatical at Stanford University as a visiting faculty. At the University of California, San Diego, Tara Javidi is a founding co-director of the Center for Machine-Integrated Computing and Security, is the principal investigator of DetecDrone Project and is a faculty member of the Centers of Information Theory and Applications (ITA), Wireless Communications (CWC), Contextual Robotics Institute (CRI) and Networked Systems (CNS). She is also a founding faculty member of Halicioglu Data Science Institute (HDSI) at UCSD. At UCSD, she is an affiliate faculty member in the departments of Computer Science and Engineering as well as Ethnic Studies. She is also a member of Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society (2017/18/19).
Tara Javidi’s research interests are in theory of active learning, information acquisition and statistical inference, information theory with feedback, stochastic control theory, and wireless communications and communication networks. She was the guest editor for the IEEE Journal of Selected Areas in Communications special issue on Communications and Control. From 2011 to 2014, she was an associate editor for ACM/IEEE Transactions on Networking and the editor for the IEEE Information Theory Society Newsletter. From 2014-2017, she served as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. She currently serves as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering.
Tara Javidi received the 2018 and 2019 Qualcomm Faculty Award for her contributions to wireless technology. Tara Javidi was a recipient of the National Science Foundation early career award (CAREER) in 2004, Barbour Graduate Scholarship, University of Michigan, in 1999, and the Presidential and Ministerial Recognitions for Excellence in the National Entrance Exam, Iran, in 1992. In addition to numerous contributed and invited talks, she was a tutorial speaker at various international and prestigious conferences: International Conference on Cognitive Radio Oriented Wireless Networks (CROWNCOM) 2010, ACM International Symposium on Mobile Ad Hoc Networking and Computing (Mobihoc) 2013, International Symposium on Information Theory (ISIT) 2014, and IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) 2016. Tara Javidi was a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Information Theory Society (2017/18). She is currently a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Communications Society (2019/20).
Tara Javidi is also passionate about inclusion and diversity at the institutions of higher education as well as in engineering profession. Since joining UCSD in 2005 till 2018, she was the faculty advisor for SWE@UCSD (UC San Diego Chapter of Society of Women Engineers). In 2010, she worked tireless with UCSD student chapters of NSBE UCSD (UC San Diego Chapter of National Society of Black Engineers) and SHPE UCSD (UCSD Student Chapter of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) to help Jacobs School of engineering establish IDEA Engineering Student Center with the mission to foster an inclusive and diverse community, increase retention and graduation rates, and promote a sustainable culture of academic excellence among URM engineering students at UC San Diego. From 2010 till 2014, she served on the Jacobs School of Engineering Dean's Diversity Advisory Council. In 2013/14, she chaired the UCSD Faculty Senate Committee on Equity and Diversity. She was also the UCSD faculty representative at the UC System-wide University Committee on Affirmative Action & Diversity (UCAAD). In 2015, Tara Javidi was awarded a UC San Diego Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award in recognition of her mentorship of the underrepresented minority students and postdoc scholars (see this video about the award).